How the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics Are Straining Our Healthcare System

It’s no secret that obesity rates have skyrocketed in the United States, but most people fail to grasp the full impact of this epidemic. In the healthcare industry, however, obesity’s prevalence and damage are easy to spot when examining financial trends and injuries among medical professionals. Below, we offer just a few examples of the many ways in which today’s obesity and diabetes epidemics are impacting the healthcare system: Hospital Staff Safety Healthcare employees often suffer significant strain as they attempt to assist obese and immobile patients. These patients may need to be moved every few hours. While transfer systems…

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Feds Prob Potential Deadly Lack of Treatment for Diabetics in DC Schools | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

According to an article in the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating DC Schools because of a complaint by the mother of a diabetic third grader at Davis Elementary in Southeast D.C. The mother contends that when the school nurse was not available she was told she only had two options on those days: either come to school with her child, monitor her blood glucose level and administer the medication or she could keep the child at home. The complaint was filed with the Office for Civil Rights for the US Department of Education. The complaint contends…

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FDA Discredits Avandia Safety Study | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Dr. Thomas Marciniak, a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has sharply critiqued GlaxoSmithKline’s clinical trial of Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline’s popular diabetes drug.  The study flatly ignored 12 instances of heart problems among the participants.  Studies have demonstrated that Avandia also increases the risk of fractures, swelling, heart attacks, strokes, and death. One patient in the study suffered a brain bleed, but the records of this complication were reportedly deleted.  Another patient spent nine weeks in the hospital for a stroke, but that patient’s records apparently did not reflect the catastrophic event. GlaxoSmithKline’s spokesperson was reported as responding by…

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